Located just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the Barossa region is a luxury destination bursting with quaint villages, renowned vineyards, fine dining experiences and high-end accommodation.
With mild summers and wet winters, conditions in this region are perfect for crafting superb red wines – particularly shiraz and cabernet. You can explore more that 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors, including those of the prestigious names such as Penfolds and Henschke.
Fine wines like these should always be accompanied by sumptuous meals. With local residents including the likes of renowned cook Maggie Beer, you can be certain to find a cafe, restaurant or B & B catering to your desires. The fare here draws on the influences of the early settlers from Germany and England, but these traditions have been updated by the modern artisans to create unique culinary experiences. Popular spots for a nosh include Apex Bakery, Hentley Farm, Kaesler Steakhouse and Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop.
While the valley is now a luxury travel destination, those who established the towns here didn’t have it as easy. This is most apparent at the Herbig Family Tree, a 500-year-old red gum on the outskirts of Springton. The hollow tree was the family home for Friedrich Herbig and his wife and children between 1858-1860, while they built the nearby homestead. Standing inside this humble home gives an insight into the hardships faced by early European settlers.
Nearby Krondorf shows another side of the region’s history. A small group of families founded this quaint town in the early 1800s, and today it remains as one of the best examples of European-inspired agricultural settlements. Explore the lovingly crafted Lutheran Chapel, the peaceful cemetery, and the stone cottages and row houses, which are now home to top wineries such as St Hallett, Rockford and Grant Burge.
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Image credits include: Château Tanunda.